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Feb. 16, 2013


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina track and field program collected 10 wins in a home indoor meet on Saturday. The wins were a part of 25 top-five marks on the day. Seven Gamecocks recorded personal or collegiate bests in the meet.

For the fourth time this season, senior Breanna Radford set a new shot put PR and moved up in the Gamecock record book. With her throw of 52’8 (16.05m), Radford won the women’s shot put section and moved into a tie for fourth with Lisa Misipeka (1997) on the all-time South Carolina indoor shot put list. Redshirt sophomore Kaysee Sullivan took second with a 43’2 ¼ (13.16m). Radford took second in the women’s weight throw, throwing 57′ (17.37m). Sullivan finished one spot behind her teammate with a toss of 48’10 (14.88m).

Sophomore Kendall Kee was the top qualifier and won the finals of the men’s 55-meter dash. In the prelims, Kee ran a 6.33, which falls just short of the South Carolina top-10 in the event. In the finals, Kee recorded a 6.38 to take the win. Sophomore Chris Walker and freshman Brandon Sanders also advanced to the finals. Walker ran a season-best 6.53 in the finals to take third with Sanders taking fourth at 6.55.

On the women’s side, freshman Gabrielle Gray had a big day in the 55-meters. Gray was the top qualifier in prelims and ran a collegiate best of 7.15 in the finals to take the section and her first collegiate win. Sophomores Ahytana Johnson and Lauren Ellis accompanied her to the finals. Johnson also recorded a collegiate best in the finals, running a 7.23 to take third. Ellis finished ninth in the finals.

In the 55-meter hurdles, freshman Dondre Echols and Jermaine Collier finished 1-2. Collier was the top qualifier, running 7.92, but Echols crossed first in the finals with a 7.58. Collier finished second in the finals with a time of 7.86. Senior All-American Kierre Beckles qualified for the women’s 55-meter hurdles, but did not run in the finals.

Junior Nigel Redic and Paris Smalls finished 1-2 in the men’s 400-meter with times of 53.22 and 53.64, respectively. Sophomore Kevin Keating collected the win in the men’s 800-meters with a time of 2:03.68.

In the women’s distance races, all three Gamecocks recorded collegiate bests. Freshman Alex Mullin won her first race in the Garnet and Black in the mile run with a time of 5:35.19. In the 3,000-meters, freshmen Stephanie Berger and Brandy Wybersky combined for a 1-2 finish. Berger ran a 10:35.66 for her first win while Wybersky recorded a 10:50.34.

Redshirt junior Tylar Mangan won the women’s pole vault with a personal best 11’11 ¾ (3.65m) for her first collegiate win. Also recording their first collegiate win was freshman Jeffrey Linta. Linta cleared 14’5 ¼ (4.40m) for the win.

In the men’s weight throw, redshirt sophomore Walker Selby set a new personal best, throwing 56’9 ¼ (17.30m) to finish second in the section. Selby’s classmate Andrew Seay finished behind him in third with a throw of 56′ ½ (17.08m).

The Gamecocks will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the SEC Indoor Championships next weekend. Competition beings on Fri., Feb. 22.

M 55m Dash Prelims
1. Kendall Kee 6.33q
3. Brandon Sanders 6.52q
4. Chris Walker 6.60q
16. Chris Maxwell 6.84
M 55m Dash Finals
1. Kendall Kee 6.38
3. Chris Walker 6.53SB
4. Brandon Sanders 6.55
M 400m
1. Nigel Redic 53.22
2. Paris Smalls 53.64
M 800m
1. Kevin Keating 2:03.68
M 55m Hurdles Prelims
1. Jermaine Collier 7.92q
2. Dondre Echols 7.99q
M 55m Hurdles Finals
1. Dondre Echols 7.58
2. Jermaine Collier 7.86
M Pole Vault
1. Jeffrey Linta 4.40m // 14-05.25
Austin Eckenroth NH
Colin Buxton NH
M Weight Throw
2. Walker Selby 17.30m // 56-09.25PR
3. Andrew Seay 17.08m // 56-00.50
W 55m Dash Prelims
1. Gabrielle Gray 7.21q
3. Ahtyana Johnson 7.30q
8. Lauren Ellis 7.62q
W 55m Dash Finals
1. Gabrielle Gray 7.15
4. Ahtyana Johnson 7.23Collegiate Best
9. Lauren Ellis 7.83
W Mile Run
1. Alex Mullin 5:35.19 Collegiate Best
W 3,000m
1. Stephanie Berger 10:35.66Collegiate Best
2. Brandy Wybersky 10:50.34Collegiate Best
W 55m Hurdles Prelims
3. Kierre Beckles 8.12q
W 55m Hurdles Finals
Kierre Beckles DNS
W Pole Vault
1. Tylar Mangan 3.65m // 11-11.75PR
2. Megan Wall 3.35m // 10-11.75
3. Ashley Cady 2.90m // 9-06.25
5. Kelly Fischer 2.75m // 9-00.25
W Shot Put
1. Breanna Radford 16.05m // 52-08.00PR
2. Kaysee Sullivan 13.16m // 43-02.25
7. Chalese Davis 10.17m // 33-04.50PR
13. Asia Delaney 7.67m // 25-02.00
W Weight Throw
2. Breanna Radford 17.37m // 57-00.00
3. Kaysee Sullivan 14.88m // 48-10.00